Indonesia Hosts U-19 Asian Cup, Indra Sjafri Targets to qualify for the World Cup
Indra Sjafri’s dream to bring Indonesia’s national team U-19 to the U-20 World Cup is still far away. But the opportunity was wide open after the Asian Football Federation (AFC) appointed Indonesia as host of the U-19 Asian Cup.
Indonesia’s opportunity to host it certainly helps the former coach of Bali United is in penetrate the failure of 2014, when Evan Dimas et al only be a team caretaker.
“This form of trust AFC to PSSI. We have a desire to achieve the best performance. This is my second moment in the Asian Cup finals, I want to be more than the result of 2014 for the desire to qualify for the U-20 World Cup in 2019, “said Indra.
The preparation of Indonesia to welcome the championship is considered good enough, with various ongoing training camps, plus qualifying matches. Indonesia is incorporated in Group F with South Korea, Malaysia, Brunei Daarussalam and Timor Leste.
“The development of players is also good today. They have a better chance than before. Especially when this community concern to the national team is a good young age. So if you want the Senior National team is strong, youth national team should also be good, “beber successful coach who led Indonesia AFF Cup winners U-19 in 2013.
Meanwhile, the winger of U-19 national team, Egy Maulana, considers the Red and White squad will be able to gain its own advantage for hosting the U-19 Asian Cup.
“We will play in front of tens of thousands of supporters of the Indonesian national team. Of course be a profit and motivation for us. We will fight as much as possible to qualify for the U-20 World Cup in 2019, “said Egy.
Currently Indonesia U-19 national team will face PS Padang as a series of trials against AFF Cup U-18.